Sophie Hamer

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NZ Registered Architect practicing
Sion, Switzerland
Sophie Hamer Architecture

Outside NZ
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I am a design architect with an aptitude for bringing together the spatial, aesthetic, logical and ethical aspects of architectural projects to deliver refined spaces and atmospheres. Based in the french-speaking part of the Swiss Alps, I work on project in Switzerland and across Europe, including in New Zealand. I enjoy working with clients on residential or boutique commercial and retail projects, particularly those with a unique connection to place, material and time.

Project Title
Doorway to the Built Environment
Description
In reaction to crises of legitimacy, built environment professionals evoke an inside/outside boundary between themselves and ‘the public.’ This thesis project addresses the disengagement of publics from architecture through design exploration, focusing on the tactic of dialogue. The project is underpinned by an understanding of publics as multi-vocal, competing and shifting, and tests the implications of this understanding for conceptions and possibilities of architectural space. Framed by Michel de Certeau’s writing on strategies and tactics, these research is developed through an investigatory design in Post Office Square, Wellington, New Zealand. The Doorway to the Built Environment is a non-prescriptive space for dialogues, exhibitions, productions, questions and investigations concerning the built environment to be generated. Five design tactics, performativities, embededdness, reaching, spacing and transitioning, are investigated as means of engaging publics in dialogues and re-thinking status quo relations. As a whole, the thesis sheds light on the inter-connectedness of architectural productions, relations, legitimacies and valuations to broader socio-cultural climates. Architectural design is revealed as a potentially performative, tactical and multiple practice which is capable of, and richer for, public engagements. The thesis serves as a critical resource to prompt further debate about the challenges of positively increasing engagements between publics and architectures.
Year of Completion
2011